SEPANG: The one-minute silence to be observed before the start of the race at the Petronas Formula One Grand Prix tomorrow will be the first in its history.
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said he would not think of the ramifications of MH370 on the race.
“You can’t look at these things and worry what it would do to Formula One.
“We need to think that it is a tragedy and we need to feel sorry for those who have suffered because of it,” he told reporters at the Sepang International Circuit here yesterday.
“I use air travel a lot and I think many people did not think that such a thing could happen to them. It really is a mystery because we do not know what happened to the plane,” he said.
Asked about the quieter engines of the cars, Ecclestone said the trouble was that people were used to very aggressive noise.
“These engines are super-efficient. The way they are built is quite magical in that it can deliver that much of power for the lower amount of fuel used,” he said, adding that the side-effect was the unfortunate lack of noise which the public “did not like”.
Ecclestone said although he was concerned over the criticism, some teams had been more advanced with their technology and did not want to make any change.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team principal Christian Horner said both its drivers – Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo – would have tribute stickers placed on their helmets.
“Our thoughts are with the families and we hope for some conclusive news on the plane soon. We are extremely saddened over what has happened to the passengers and crew onboard,” he told reporters.